addressing Extreme Prematurity
Eliminating Sleep-Related Deaths
Social determinants of health impact expectant parents and babies. We are addressing these conditions to lead to better health outcomes.
The CDC defines social determinants of health as “conditions in which the places where people live, learn, work and play affect health risks and outcomes.”
These conditions are impacting the rate of extreme prematurity in Cuyahoga County and other communities.
At First Year Cleveland, one of our initiatives is to address social determinants of health impacting premature death rates and preterm births by serving more than 4,000 pregnant mothers annually through results-driven interventions.
FYC Action Team 8, one of our 11 action teams, is working to address this issue and provide expectant parents with the help they need. Leading Action Team 8 are faith-based entities, nonprofits, prenatal care providers and organizations such as Cuyahoga County Invest in Children, Bright Beginnings, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Medicaid.
The individuals in this team have seen the impact of social determinants on health and racial disparities in prenatal care (learn more about racial disparities here), and they are committed to addressing these conditions.
Some issues to be addressed during these results-driven interventions include:
Through these results-driven interventions, FYC Action Team 8 is also focused on doubling the number of expectant mothers receiving doula perinatal workers, home visiting workers and community health workers' services. By having access to these support systems, mothers will be more likely to have healthier pregnancies and carry their babies to term.
By examining the issues that affect expectant parents and providing solutions, we believe we can significantly reduce the rate of preterm births in our community.
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